Every day we are given is precious. Every moment, a treasure from heaven. God perfectly crafted our days in these 24 hours that cycle in and through our lives. He fashioned each one precisely as a gift to get things done and rest and enjoy life as well.
With that being said, I must wonder why time seems so elusive to most of us? Why aren’t we able to craftily work each section of the day for our good and still enjoy other pleasures of life that God endowed us with, things that bring the fulfillment of personal joy and happiness (ex. more family time, rest, and so on) that’s supposed to come with it? Why do we bemoan the idea that there are just not enough hours in the day when God perfectly gave us all we need?
The problem is not with the design of days. Nor will the problem be solved with adding more increments of time to the day. The problem is us and how we prioritize and manage this gift of time that God has already given us.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul wrote that we are to redeem the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). Every day opportunities abound to spend the hours of our lives in one way or the other. The choice is always ours on how we use it. Let’s look at it this way, if we have been given a bunch of money to spend, hopefully, we would sit down and think carefully about how to get the most use out of it. That same diligence should be applied to our management of time.
The hugest difference between money and time is this: for many, there are usually ways to replenish or re-earn funds to add to one’s finances if money is spent in a reckless fashion. However, for time, that opportunity is not there. Once time is gone – it’s gone! Once the moment passes – it passes off the scene as a part of our personal history. Therefore, we are encouraged to make the most of every second given. And, although God’s grace, mercy, and faithfulness are new every morning – we are not promised the dawning of a new day.
So, whether it’s mundane, it’s a moment we won’t get back. Treat it as the treasure it is. If it seems trivial, remember in the scope of all the days given, it’s a time to be honored. Even if it seems like the most basic of all days, keep in mind there is nothing basic about the gift of waking up again and be given the chance to make the most of the time you have been gifted with.
When you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day – treasure what you have and be determined to make the most out of what God did give you. For when we do, we can make a better impact for His kingdom and in the lives of those entrusted to our care. Because no matter how smart our watches become it will always be up to us to make smart use of our time that registers there.
Inspiring Your Time:
“This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use it as I will. I can waste it – or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” – W. Heartstill Wilson
“Time is your most precious gift, because you only have a set amount of it.” – Rick Warren
Pray: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
Pray: “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” – Psalm 39:4
“We must recognize how the evil one is working in this world and take a firm stance against him. It means we take careful thought concerning what we put in our minds – what we listen to, what we watch, and how we use our time.” – Chip Ingram
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” – Colossians 4:5